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Florida Everglades

America's Largest Wetlands

The Everglades is a natural region of tropical wetlands in the southern portion of the U.S. state of Florida, comprising the southern half of a large drainage basin within the Neotropical realm.

The ecosystem it forms is not presently found anywhere else on earth. The system begins near Orlando with the Kissimmee River, which discharges into the vast but shallow Lake Okeechobee.

Water leaving the lake in the wet season forms a slow-moving river 60 miles wide and over 100 miles long, flowing southward across a limestone shelf to Florida Bay at the southern end of the state.

The Everglades experience a wide range of weather patterns, from frequent flooding in the wet season to drought in the dry season.

Is Everglades Really A Swamp?...

While it is often described as a swamp or forested wetland, the Everglades is actually a very slow-moving river that slowly moves from North to South at 60 miles wide and a hundred miles long.

How Deep Are The Everglades?

The water in the Everglades is only on average around 4 to 5 feet deep and the deepest point is around 9 feet.

American Greed Is Destroying The Everglades

Urban development, industry, and agriculture pressures have destroyed more than half of the original Everglades.

Ever-increasing population growth along with industry in south Florida has resulted in large metropolitan areas and rising pressures on the surrounding natural environments. Miami was built on the Everglades.

What Type Of Animals Live In The Everglades?

The Everglades is home to the Florida Panther, one of the most endangered species on earth.

The Everglades is the only place in the world where the American alligator and the American Crocodile coexist. Crocodiles are typically spotted in the sandier coastal areas, whereas alligators are more typically found inland, but both can be seen during a local Everglades airboat tour.

Mosquitos are not considered a nuisance to the Everglades; they are essential to the food chain. Mosquito larvae provide food for the fish that are food for the birds of the Everglades.

Other significant animals that are found here include the West Indian manatee, wood stork, bald eagle, hundreds of bird species, many types of fish, whitetail deer, the Eastern Indigo Snake.

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